California NAACP wants to remove "Star Spangled Banner" as National Anthem

National Anthem Lyrics Prompt California NAACP To Call For Replacing Song

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When California lawmakers return to the Capitol in January, the state chapter of the NAACP will be seeking their support for a campaign to remove "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the national anthem.

California NAACP President Alice Huffman told the Bee that Congress should replace it with something that is not "another song that disenfranchises part of the American population".

Huffman also said of Kaepernick and his decision to protest during the anthem last season: "The message got distorted, the real intentions got overlooked, it became something that's dividing us, and I'm looking for something to bring us back together".

"It's racist", Huffman said.

"There are still some people who agree that the national anthem should not be representing all Americans, because at the time it was written, blacks were enslaved", Muwakkil said.

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She says there's a verse in the song, that isn't normally sung at events, that references slaves. The lyrics the organization are referring to are in the third verse that say "Their blood has wash'd out their foul footstep's pollution/No refuge could save the hireling and slave/From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave".

Huffman said it may not solve anything, but it's a step toward social justice that she said is long overdue.

The California chapter of the NAACP is pushing to get rid of the national anthem.

"This country is a country that has shared values, and the more we respect each other, the better off we'll be as a country", she said. The second resolution calls on Congress to censure Trump for his remarks, and asks National Football League teams to find a spot for Kaepernick, who some believe was blacklisted over the protests.

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